Northwest Folklife Festival 2024 @ Seattle Center

The theme is Meraki 🔥

📸: Folklife Festival 2024 | Illustration by Raven Juarez and Eli Lara

📆 Friday, May 24th – Monday, May 27th
🎟 Free
📍 Seattle Center: 305 Harrison St, Seattle

Northwest Folklife is a Seattle tradition that spans more than five decades. The 53rd iteration of the yearly event takes place May 24th to 27th at the Seattle Center. (And streaming online!) For those new around here, the festival celebrates the arts, cultures, and traditions of a global Pacific Northwest. It’s community-powered and free to attend—though donations keep this Seattle staple going.

Each year, the fest sets a specific cultural focus. In 2022, coming out of the pandemic, the theme was Metamorphosis. This year, it’s Meraki, a Greek word that means passion, joy, and the actualization of desire. Very fitting, considering the lockdown inspired many of us to seek out self-realization.

Expect a big festival, with performers on 20+ stages and hundreds of food and craft vendors showcasing local ingenuity. This year, enjoy “Threads of the People,” a new take on a fashion show, “Kuleana Corridor,” which highlights those working in food justice, and “The Maker’s Space,” where numerous hands-on demonstrations will happen. And see the 15-inch quilt blocks, which will make up the “Community Quilt” to honor the art of quilting. 

Daily Schedules

Click the links below to find comprehensive daily schedules for Northwest Folklife 2024.

📆 Friday, May 24th
📆 Saturday, May 25th*
📆 Sunday, May 26th*
📆 Monday, May 27th*

*On the schedule page, change the “Day” button from Friday to the day you’re interested in.

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.